CARB seeks nominations for premier clean air, climate award
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SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is accepting applications through December 19, 2023, for the 2023 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards. The Haagen-Smit Award is California’s premier award recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving air quality or addressing climate change.
Considered the “Nobel Prize” in air quality achievement, the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards are bestowed each year upon individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clean air through education, research, policy, or environmental justice work. The scope of the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards program is international, due to the global connections between climate change and air quality.
Winners are honored at a Board meeting and reception. Awardees are also invited to share their work with the public during CARB’s “Clean Air Leadership Talks”.
“The Haagen-Smit Award is our way of honoring individuals who have championed public health with exceptional and transformative achievements toward improving air quality and/or addressing climate change,” CARB Research Division Chief Elizabeth Scheehle said. “The awards honor dedication, leadership, and innovation – all qualities that Dr. Haagen-Smit embodied. Individual awards can recognize a lifetime of work on a global scale, or the significant contributions that an especially dedicated and promising individual has made resulting in widespread benefits to air quality and health.”
California’s premier air quality award is named for the late Dr. Arie Haagen-Smit, known as the “parent” of air pollution science and control. Originally from the Netherlands, Dr. Haagen-Smit was a biochemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena for 16 years before beginning air pollution research in 1948. Through a series of innovative experiments, he demonstrated that most of California’s smog is the result of motor vehicle exhaust reacting with sunlight to create ground-level ozone. This breakthrough provided the foundation for the development of air pollution control programs in California that later influenced regulations and cleaner vehicle technology worldwide. The Haagen-Smit Awards recognize those who continue Dr. Haagen-Smit’s work and leadership.
The Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the following categories: Education, Environmental Justice, International Work (work performed outside of the United States), Policy, Research, Science, Technology.
CARB is accepting 2023 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award nominations through December 19, 2023. New nominations, as well as nominations for outstanding individuals nominated in prior years who have not yet won, are welcome and encouraged.